Sunday, January 31, 2016

Marker Drawings 25

Sketchbook drawings
Sharpie markers bullet and fine point, Prismacolor Premier dual tip warm grey 40% marker, 2016
sketchbook 6" x 8" (15.24cm x 20.32cm)

The final post from this series of black and white and tonal marker drawings.

I started doing these down at Art-A-Fair while sitting in my booth and just kept going.

In total there are 25 posts (25 is such a nice number, ¼ of a hundred but ½ a year for me, see below) , 116 pages (based on my Pinterest pins) x 2 per page - 6 + 1 = 227 individual sketches, representing 4 sketchbooks worth and done over a period of roughly 6 months (180 days) which comes out to 1.26 sketches per day, or 1 ¼ sketch per day.
Hmmmm, just slightly ahead of Aussie blogger friend Wendy Barrett's 30/30 challenge of (only) one painting a day for 30 days or 1.0 per day. ; )
Oh wait... paintings... yeah, she probably spent more time.
Well, then let's call it a draw (pun intended), we're even. 

I had a lot of fun experimenting with very different approaches.

Some were more abstract, some graphic (notan), some tonal using value markers, some tonal through a linear-tonal approach and/or hatching crosshatching and various combinations.
Some I did from life, a small handful from photos, but most were from my imagination, especially the more recent ones.
Most often I went directly into the drawing with marker, no lay-in, other times I did a light pencil or ballpoint pen construction lines of the big shapes.

I preferred the marker directly to the page, have no fear and just start laying it in.
On that note I often worked faster and more intuitively when going direct and would get more fluid results and better shape design. That is about trusting yourself. We usually know more than we think and if we just let it flow we see it on the page in black and white, pun intended.

But my temperament was not always suited to that approach so I also did some more thoughtfully and carefully and was still happy with those too.
All in all it was about sketching for its own sake, no pressure to produce finished work and that is what made it enjoyable, as it should be. If some did not work out it was okay.

Been fun, hope you enjoyed them too. I'm sure I will do and post more but for now that's it.

If you want to see them all on one page visit my Pinterest page and the Markers Sketches board.423,424,425,426,427,428

Friday, January 22, 2016

Marker Drawings 24

Sketchbook drawings
Sharpie markers bullet and fine pointPrismacolor Premier dual tip warm grey 40% marker, 2015
sketchbook 6" x 8" (15.24cm x 20.32cm)

Nearing the end for now... of these marker drawings.  But there will be more later. Four here plus 4 or 5 others in the next post.
On to posting other shows, projects and ventures... and of course you will be seeing color again.
No, there were no problems with the blog like it reverted back to some old black and white TV show.

Although there was that movie?

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Marker Drawings 23

Sketchbook drawings
Sharpie markers bullet and fine point, 2015
sketchbook 6" x 8" (15.24cm x 20.32cm)

If you have been following these series of marker posts you know I have been bouncing back and forth between tonal and flatter graphic approaches.
Not all are great but that is part of experimenting and direct mediums like marker force you to think ahead since changes are nearly impossible.
Even when they are abstract or ambiguous I often like the dark/light pattern as in second page down bottom image.

A tonal approach is usually best done using value markers however I also like to use markers that are near used up or dried out as I did in the bottom two pages. The advantage with doing that is the half-tone created is more textural or organic and thus more painterly. The disadvantage is they don't last very long in that state and can sometimes be unpredictable.
But used for quick sketches, thumbnails and experimental drawings I get those happy accidents.415,416,417,418

Friday, January 8, 2016

Marker Drawings 22

Sketchbook drawings
Sharpie markers bullet and fine point, Prismacolor Premier dual tip warm grey 40% marker, 2015
sketchbook 6" x 8" (15.24cm x 20.32cm)

Four more for the new year. I have a bunch done to post still so even with an upcoming show announcement and some other posts you will be seeing a few more of these.
I'm still digging them out of my imagination.411, 412,413,414

Friday, January 1, 2016

Marker Drawings 21

Sketchbook drawings
Sharpie markers bullet and fine point, Prismacolor Premier dual tip warm grey 40% marker, 2015
sketchbook 6" x 8" (15.24cm x 20.32cm)

Happy New Year!

I am starting 2016 the same way I finished 2015 by posting some more of the recent marker sketches. I usually post some new work (although these are new as well) , often one I did near the end of December or literally the first day of the new year but this year I felt like trying something different by letting one year roll into the next.
I have several watercolors in progress for an upcoming show as well as various oils. The oils in the manner I work that is very layered and time consuming.
Anyway, it won't be long before I am back to posting paintings again. I hope you have enjoyed all these black and white sketches as much as I have enjoyed making them.407,408,409,410